Undergraduate Community Internships

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities Community Scholarship Scheme gives second year undergraduate students the chance to provide 5 weeks of high-quality project support to local community groups or organisations during the summer.

The student internship holders will enhance their knowledge and understanding of community engagement and project management. The aim of the scheme is also to inspire students to engage with the city and to engage students in meaningful service activities that enrich their learning and enhance the quality of life for others in our local, national and international communities.

Benefits of the internship

As an Internship holder, you will:

  • Gain valuable experience in community engagement, organisation and management of project work
  • Work with a local organisation on a live project
  • Gain direct experience of, and become more integrated within, the Faculty's community collaboration and outreach culture
  • Gain insight into the professional development opportunities of working in the local community
  • Further develop your research, organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Gain skills that will enhance your future employment prospects and expand your CV

If you are awarded an internship, you will:

  • Be committed to undertaking the project as set out in the original proposal within the timescale agreed with the organisations project lead at the outset
  • Attend weekly meetings with the project lead to update progress
  • Attend an interview workshop prior to being shortlisted
  • Complete a final reflective report, produce a blog post about the project which will be published on the website and a poster to be displayed as part of the Faculty's Undergraduate Showcase.
  • Alternatively, create a 3,500 word reflective portfolio on their experience that is submitted in October. Please note this is only available to students in courses that offer options in L6 are able to gain 30 credits towards their degree, in addition to their core credits. To gain these credits, Staff who take an intern will support and mark this portfolio and students will be able to access a broader online support package provided centrally.
  • Become involved in publicising the scheme in future years and actor as a mentor to future applicants

Eligibility:

  • You must be a current student studying in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University.

 

Please note: These scholarships are only open to second year undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Schedule for applications

  • August-October – Project call to charities/community organisations
  • March - April 2020 – Application window
  • May-June 2020 – Internship begins

To be eligible to apply for a scholarship, you must:

  • Be registered for an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
  • Be able to undertake the project work between May and June2020 (the exact dates will be confirmed with your project lead if you are successful).

Terms and conditions

Undergraduate Community Internships are available to undergraduate students registered on a programme in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Each scholarship holder will undertake full-time project support guided by a member of the local organisation for a period of two to five weeks between May and June 2020.

If you are awarded an internship you will:

  • Be committed to undertaking the project as set out in the original proposal within the timescale agreed at the outset.
  • Agree with the project lead the exact weeks of the summer vacation when the scholarship work will be undertaken.
  • Attend weekly monitoring meetings with the project lead and at these meetings demonstrate the progress that has been made in the previous week.
  • Gain advice, training and project management support from the Faculty Outreach and Enrichment team
  • Have the use of a PC on campus for the duration of the scholarship
  • Complete a final feedback form on the running of the scheme, a short reflective report, a blog post, and a poster (guidance will be provided). Alternatively, create a 3,500 word reflective portfolio on their experience that is submitted in October as part of the Third Term Activity Programme.
  • Be willing to become involved in publicising the scheme in future years and mentor future interns.

In addition, the students awarded internships will:

  • Gain valuable experience in undertaking significant project work.
  • Contribute to the development of new knowledge.
  • Work in partnership with a local organisation
  • Become more aware of and be more integrated within the Faculty’s community outreach culture.
  • Gain insight into delivering projects.
  • Develop skills that will enhance future employment prospects and broaden their CV.

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must:

  • Be registered for an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. (Subject to any UK Border Agency Policy regarding visa students, this scheme is open to home/EU and overseas students.).
  • Be in the second year of study in 2019/20.
  • Be able to work with the local organisation between May and June 2020.
  • Students from the following groups are encouraged to apply: 
    • Black and minority ethnic groups (BAME)
    • First generation
    • Students form a Widening Participation background

Please note that each student can only apply for one undergraduate community internship project. This is to ensure that the internships benefit the maximum number of students.

Previous opportunities

Applications for the 2019/20 scheme will open in term 2 as part of the Third Term Activity Programme

If you have any questions regarding the scheme, please contact Lisa Bach on EngageAH@mmu.ac.uk

 

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